Yes, there is such as thing as bifocal contact lenses. Actually there are several different types of lenses. The rigid gas permeable multifocals provide the clearest, most stable vision. These lenses are custom designed and manufactured. Ocular health is excellent and so is the vision. Recent advancements in soft multifocals offer great comfort at most distances. The soft multifocal options include several different lens materials including the newer silicone hydrogel. They are also available for planned replacement, usually 2 weeks or 1 month, increasing convenience. Both types of contact lens multifocals minimize dependency on reading glasses.
A study published in the Optometry Visual Science journal showed that 7 out of 10 contact lens patients prefer multifocals over monovision. Many people are successful in monovision, one eye corrected for distance and the other eye compromised for near tasks. But others struggle with the disparity between the eyes, especially driving at night and working at the computer.
Multifocal contact lenses are an alternative to monovision or using reading glasses over contact lenses.
The above pictures show some of the different rigid gas permeable multifocal options. Certain designs work better for particular tasks. For example a lens design emphasizing distance clarity is indicated if you do a lot of driving , but if you spend most of the day in front of a computer screen you will need a lens with a large intermediate zone. If bifocal contact lenses are something you would like to try, give the office a call or make sure to ask about it at your next visit.
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